Hello, I just stumbled onto this forum by accident, but thought I'd post my story here just because well, I don't know what to do anymore.
I work for a dialysis facility around a lot of immunocompromised patients who are always having some sort of health problem. We were on high alert because we live near Mexico and know that some of our patients either live there or travel back and forth. I wasn't the first to get sick, 2 other of my coworkers (along w/ many patients) were having the flu-like symptoms before me so I wore my mask and was vigilant in handwashing.
On Mon. I was fine, went to work as normal and caught the bug sometime in the afternoon. Just thought it was the regular flu, finished work, took some Mucinex & Nyquil & thought everything would be fine. Then came the 102 fever. I woke up the Tues. morning feeling like I'd been hit by a bus, took my temp still 102, took some meds & headed off to work (can't afford not to + my dr. office is right up the street), thought if it got bad enough I'd make an appt. or go to urgent care.
Long story short, it got worse... I'd been seen by my PCP who sent me to the ER with 103 fever. From there I was diagnosed w/ the Swine Flu & haven't been the same ever since. It's going on 9 WEEKS now, I've tried to work intermittently but because of the volume of symptoms + dr. appts. I've had to take a medical LOA. Originally, it was to be work comp (because my employer was ok w/ that because I most likely got it from a patient) but the company they contract their insurance through said at the beginning "SWINE FLU is NOT a work comp issue."
I'm having to go from dr. to dr. & they don't seem to take the Swine Flu seriously as attributing to my symptoms, even though ALL the symptoms started when I got sick & have only waxed & waned but come right back. This 9 wks has been hell. I'm on a 30 day medical LOA (don't qualify for FMLA) I'm not projected to get better anytime soon & am going to have to be on short term disability... which means I'm gonna lose my job & health insurance. The medical bills are piling up, they don't know when/if I can go back to work... I don't know what to do any advice would be wonderful because I'm not getting any better.
Symptoms: general flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, soreness, extreme fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred/double/can't focus vision, migraine, upper abdominal pain, sores that open on scalp, rash on eyelids/neck, constant nausea, canker sores (in relation to other sores/rash that come & go w/in days), dehydration, lack of appetite, low grade fever on/off, lower left back pain over kidney, numbness/tingling legs & arms, lack of appetite, hurts intestines after eating, over acid production, malaise, lost weight, weakness, light sensitivity, neck stiffness.